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Tour de France 2013

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Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 13:43:16

Are we having a spin on Le Tour this year? They are half way across Corsica already, and Cav and Froome are settled in. Cav's looking for a stage win.

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 13:45:44

btw it's on Eurosport live and ITV will have highlights later on (and poss some live as well?)
If anyone is a bit confused by it all there is usually some well-informed soul around to help out.

YellowJersey Sat 29-Jun-13 13:49:02

Ooh good, I was hoping someone would start a Tour de France thread.

Gives me a chance to try out my new nickname <twirls>.

I'll be watching later on Sky+ when DH comes home. Got Wimbledon on at the moment tennis.

I think Froome has a great chance, he's in brilliant form. Go Cav for the yellow jersey today!

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 13:51:15

Tres chic!

YellowJersey Sat 29-Jun-13 13:52:40

Merci beaucoup grin!

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 13:54:32

<have asked HQ to move the thread to Chat for eg - more likely to catch more traffic and hopefully attract folks who are curious and perhaps aren't likely to visit Sports..>

YellowJersey Sat 29-Jun-13 13:55:19

Good idea.

Abzs Sat 29-Jun-13 13:58:39

Watching live on itv4. Currently rather enamoured of Lemoine's green socks (breakaway, Sojasun).

prettybird Sat 29-Jun-13 13:58:54

It's on ITV4 live all day today. smile

that's the next 3 weeks spare time accounted for

You can subscribe to Eurosport for £2.99/month (and you only need to pay for it in the months there's something you want to watch) so that you can watch it on-line.

'Twas great when I booked a week in Greece last year which coincided with the last week of Le Tour. grin

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 14:00:57

Update - peleton going really slooow, all having a chat with each other. Commentators are v bored.grin

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 14:03:14

Switched to ITV4. I want the accordian music as a ring tone.

Gigondas Sat 29-Jun-13 14:07:12

I have even forked out 3.99 so can watch it on iPad. I am enjoying Paul and Phil doing their usual eke out of saying not much til something Happens.

Want cav to win today and go into yellow -cant believe with all his stages hasn't worn yellow.

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 14:16:23

Jens Voight - good one to follow on twitter - tweets about his kids and the dog. <joins commentators in talking about anything but cycling..>

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 14:30:17

Wow. Night time finish in Paris!

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 15:40:50

Moving a bit now. Anyone clicked on google?

pickledpeleton Sat 29-Jun-13 16:02:24

Oh I'm so pleased I found this thread - I love watching the tour highlights in an evening! Go Go Cav!!

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 16:19:37

Sacre bleu!!

Abzs Sat 29-Jun-13 16:19:38

Well. That was different!

Gigondas Sat 29-Jun-13 16:20:44

Turned into a bit of A mess with bus debacle, crashes and confusion plus no yellow jersey for cav sad. Nice for kittel but its a bit of a hollow victory as no favourites to contest it.

prettybird Sat 29-Jun-13 16:28:24

Wonder whether the confusion actually contributed to the crash. The degree of concentration required to cycle in those bunches must surely have been compromised with the conflicting instructions coming through on the race radio.

DuchessOfAvon Sat 29-Jun-13 16:34:56

Yikes - what a mess. Looking forward to the Orica tweets!

Griepel looked like thunder when he came over the line.

I am twitchy about the Tour this year - no obvious fave to support. It'll be odd to watch it without a front-runner to cheer for - but this is an extraordinary start.

I also want to follow the Giro Rosa which starts tomorrow - the women just get ignored.

Gigondas Sat 29-Jun-13 16:47:48

Orica not answering tweets as so many enquiries.

The change of finish will have played a part. Poor geraint Thomas hurt in crash.

Panonabike Sat 29-Jun-13 17:38:09

Just extraordinnaire! Yes the info re finish change would have been astonishing to the peleton, at least those who heard of it. And bunching so much at speed as no-one was putting their foot down too.

prettybird Sat 29-Jun-13 17:54:43

Interesting that Kittel said he hadn't heard that the finish had been changed and back again

So you'll have had some people in the peloton ramping up 'cos they thought the finish was at 3k, some people who'd ramped up but, having heard it had been changed back again, ramping back down, and others who were still racing to the original race plan confusedhmm. No wonder there was a crash.

Spoilt what should have been a great day's racing. And what a disappointment for Cav - he should at least have had the opportunity to race for the yellow jersey which he could uniquely have worn with the current British champion and former world champion stripes.

I watched him around Glasgow last Sunday and saw him whoosh past Stannard at the 100m mark to win. smile

YellowJersey Sun 30-Jun-13 00:18:25

I've just caught up with today's events - what a mess!

Agree the change of finish must have contributed to the crash, it would have been very confusing for the riders. The organisers should have made their minds up about where to finish the race & stuck to it.

Gutted for Cav that he didn't get to contest the sprint with the other main green jersey rivals.

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